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Hands-on with Burmese artisans

Learn about the many uses of bamboo as building and craft material in Myanmar during this hands-on Bagan crafting class in our family operated workshop in a rural village within the Bagan monument zone.

What you’ll do

We begin with a walking tour of a dry-zone agricultural village to see firsthand how local people in Bagan are coping with the effects of climate change. We will gain an understanding of Bagan’s natural environment, climate, and how villagers find creative solutions to the challenges of the hot and dry climate using natural materials. You will visit a family workshop in a rural village where the entire family participates in the traditional artisanal crafting of bamboo and lacquer ware products and souvenirs. You will have the opportunity to try the techniques these artists use to transform stalks of bamboo 7-9 meters long into beautiful and durable household wares and ceremonial utensils. It’s harder than it looks!